Coat of arms of Sabah

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Coat of arms of Sabah
Coat of arms of Sabah.svg
Adopted 1988
Motto "Sabah Maju Jaya"
(Let Sabah Prosper)

The coat of arms of Sabah is the official coat of arms of the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Current coat of arms of Sabah[edit]

The current coat of arms of Sabah were officially established on 16 September 1988. The two arms carrying the Sabah State Flag represents unity and harmony among its multiracial citizens towards progress and success. The state motto "Sabah Maju Jaya", which means "Let Sabah Prosper".[1]

The silhouette of Mount Kinabalu represents Sabah State.[1]

The five different colours represent the five residencies of the Sabah State.[1]

  • Zircon blue colour represents peace and calmness.
  • Icicle blue colour represents unity and prosperity.
  • Royal blue colour represents strength and harmony.
  • White colour represents purity and justice.
  • Chilli red colour represents courage and determination.

Past coats of arms[edit]

From 1982 to 1988 the coat of arms of Sabah was a kingfisher. During that period the Sabah state government chose to adopt a state coat of arms that resembled Sarawak's hornbill, in memory of the two Borneo states' common history as vassal states of Brunei in the pre-British times. Sabah adopted a kingfisher because its indigenous Bajau sea gypsies, who are politically powerful in the state administration, and another powerful indigenous group, the Bruneians from Brunei, identify with the bird to a great extent. Both Bajaus and Bruneians were traditionally fishermen, and amongst Borneo natives, birds are considered messengers of the gods. The omen bird for the fishermen is the kingfisher. The majority native tribe, the interior-dwelling Kadazans or Dusuns, identify with the kingfisher to a lesser extent, as the bird is commonly found amongst their main occupational group, the rice farmers.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Meaning of the Sabah State Crest". Sabah State Government. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Ian MacDonald. "Sabah (Malaysia)". CRW Flags. Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 

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